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ASN Morning Read: The Case For MLS Over China

Discussing Major League Soccer as an option for Wayne Rooney, Portland's owner cites Beijing's air quality as a reason for players to choose the United States.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
August 23, 2016
5:35 AM
  • Timbers owner Merritt Paulson says MLS is eying Wayne Rooney and has an interesting pitch for players deciding between the U.S. and China: “I think America compares really favorably — I wouldn’t want to play soccer in Beijing right now. I am not saying that because I don’t like China but the air quality issue is something they have to deal with in a sport which requires fitness."

  • College soccer coaches are aiming to submit a formal proposal to the NCAA to stretch the season across the full academic year.“It’s a model whose time has come," said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski, Division I men’s committee chair of the NSCAA.

    “The full-year concept for soccer has been discussed for decades, and over the past three years, has finally been refined into the model we’re preparing for submission to the Division I council."

  • Secretary of Defense doing environmental things:

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